Smith Champions Scots Cyclist

05 October 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee has today written a letter of encouragement to the family of a Glasgow charity cyclist, who is currently cycling from George Square to Commonwealth host city New Delhi  

Sean Newall left George Square on the 23rd of July and is currently on the border between China and Pakistan. So far he has cycled over 4000 miles and plans reach New Delhi on the 14th October, when the games finish and the responsibility for hosting 2014 games is passed onto Glasgow.

This is only part of his challenge, which is to visit all 72 Commonwealth countries by a “physically challenging mode of transport” before the 2014 Games. In doing so he is hoping to raise £50,000 for UNICEF.

Smith said:

 “This is an amazing feat and I wish Sean all the best with his mammoth trip. He is doing his family and all us Scots very proud and deserves a gold medal. Sport gives us heroes to admire and positive role models who inspire young people to overcome the odds and aim high for success.

Sean’s sponsor money will help UNICEF bring different communities and nations together and can break social barriers. As Glasgow gears up to take over the baton for the next Games in 2014, I hope Sean’s courageous trip raises awareness of how sport is a universal language that everyone can speak, no matter what their origin, or background is.

"I encourage everyone to sponsor Sean and encourage him along the way. Keep pedalling for Scotland Sean!”

To follow and sponsor Sean click here http://thecommonwealthchallenge.com/